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US Open Tennis Official Allegedly Killed Her Husband With A Coffee Mug

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Lois Goodman is escorted by police in handcuffs in August 2012 in New York.

FLUSHING, NY (PIX11)— It was not the kind of publicity the U.S. Open wanted just days before opening day, but one of its high ranking officials, a referee for the tennis tournament, Lois Ann Goodman was arrested for the murder of her husband.

Officials in California said 80-year old Alan Goodman died in Los Angeles on April 17 and investigators at the time believed his death was caused by an accidental fall down the stairs in the home he shared with his wife.  However, after months of uncovering evidence, detectives believed foul play was involved and that Goodman’s wife allegedly bludgeoned her husband to death using a coffee mug.

70-year-old Lois Goodman was arrested in New York City, where she was staying to prepare for the upcoming U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, set to begin on Monday, August 27th.

Goodman was arraigned at Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday, charged with murder.  She is expected to be extradited back to California.  PIX11 reached out to the U.S. Tennis Association, who organizes the U.S. Open, for comment but calls were not returned.